Law, Tech and Policy

Why It’s Hard to Sue the NSA: You Have to Prove It Spied on You – Wired

Tech Companies May be our Best Hope for Resisting Government Surveillance – Ryan Calo at Fusion; and his related academic paper: Can Americans Resist Surveillance?

A New Design (Indistinguishability Obfuscation or IO) for Cryptography’s Black Box – Quanta

Don’t Worry, Smart Machines Will Take Us With Them; Why Human Intelligence and AI will Co-Evolve – Stephen Hsu at Nautilus

Why Are There Any Jobs Still Left? Technology Eliminates Jobs, Not Work – Reason

Securing Today’s Data Against Tomorrow’s Quantum Computers – MIT Technology Review; Related: NSA Plans for a Post-Quantum World – Schneier on Security

A Bit of Internet History, or How Two Members of Congress Helped Create a Trillion or So Dollars of Value – David Post in The Washington Post

The Web We Have to Save: The Rich, Diverse, Free Web that I Loved — and Spent Years in an Iranian Jail For — is Dying; Why is Nobody Stopping It? – Medium

What Ever Happened to Google Books? – Tim Wu at The New Yorker

DIY Tractor Repair Runs Afoul Of Copyright Law – NPR

General Interest

We Need a David Carr Portable Companion; Here’s the first Draft – Karen Wickre at BackChannel/Medium

Harvard Linguist Points out the 58 Most Commonly Misused Words and Phrases – MetroWest Daily News on Steven Pinker’s book, The Sense of Style

How to Fix Twitter: Twitter’s 140-character Limit Doesn’t Get You Better Writing – Dave Winer; Why Twitter Must Blow Past 140 – Dave Winer; Should Twitter Lose the 140-character Limit or Would that be Suicide? – Mathew Ingram at Fortune; The Network’s the Thing – Eugene Wei

Richard Stallman: How I Do My Computing –

Two from BuzzFeed: Scientists Are Hoarding Data And It’s Ruining Medical Research – Ben Goldacre; Here’s What Actually Gets Terrorists To Tell The Truth — And It’s Not Torture – Peter Aldhous